Barca could enter Ribery race
Barca insist they will try and sign Frank Ribery if Pep Guardiola wants to bring him to the club.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 08/07/09 12:56pm
Barcelona vice-president Jaume Ferrer insists the club will join the chase for Franck Ribery if manager Pep Guardiola wants to bring him to the club.
The winger has been linked with a move to rivals Real Madrid all summer and is said to be holding out for a move to the Bernabeu.
However Bayern Munich have been determined to keep hold of their star man throughout the saga and admitted that they rejected a bid from an unnamed club for the Frenchman on Wednesday.
Fans of the Catalan giants are said to be growing restless at the club's lack of transfer activity this summer but Ferrer insists that they will bid for any player who Guardiola feels will improve his treble-winning team.
"If he is the number one option then the club will try and sign him," he told RAC-1.
"I do not know though because this is something that the coaching staff decide, but if that is what they ask for then we will look to deal with it."
Just as Barca contemplate a bid for the 26-year-old it seems that Real have finally given up hope of landing the player, although director general Jorge Valdano refused to rule out a deal in the future.
"With Ribery there is a feeling that he will not leave this season," he told Radio Marca.
"Bayern Munich have found many ways to say no - sometimes exhaustively saying no and sometimes talking about 80million Euros, which is another way of saying no.
"Therefore, we are resigned to waiting for another opportunity to come. The player has two years to fulfil on his contract and, well, life is long."
Elsewhere, Ferrer hinted that a deal to lure Valencia striker David Villa to the club was still on the cards despite the fact the fact that the Spaniard looks odds-on to stay with Los Che.
The cash-strapped club were taken over by a consortium headed by former president Vicente Soriano last week with the group of investors set to wipe out the majority of the club's debt, meaning the sale of star players Villa and David Silva is no longer a necessity.
"He is a great player," Ferrer added. "But at the moment I am not sure who is in charge at Valencia.
"Txiki Begiristain (director of football) is dealing with negotiations and I am confident that everything will turn out the way that the club wants it to in the end.
"Things will be sorted out in the next few days or weeks."